HUCHUY QOSQO TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

3 Days
TREK DURATION

6 miles / day
DAILY DISTANCE

DIFFICULTY

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Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • All-inclusive trip! Click on "What's Included" to learn more
  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Our guides are local to the Cusco Region, fluent in English and have several years of experience leading tours
  • Explore the ruins at Huchuy Qosqo, which were built centuries before Machu Picchu
  • Wildlife present throughout the trek
  • Enjoy private campsites, only accessible to Kusa Treks customers
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • Best multi-day hike option for families with children

Prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars ($)

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $475

A "group tour" means you will be paired with other people that are doing the same hike on the same date as you.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES: A "private tour" is just your group and our guides.

  • 2 - 3 People: $620
  • 4 - 6 People: $570
  • 7 - 9 People: $515
  • 9+ People: $475

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NOTES:
  • A $200 deposit is required for each person. We use your deposit to secure hiking permits for the Inca Trail and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from your total price.
  • A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the total cost if you pay via credit/debit card. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.
  • We HIGHLY recommended that reservations are made 2+ months in advance. We cannot guarantee permit availability for trips requested less than 6 months in advance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Water
  • Professional Guides
  • Hiking Permit
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Medical Supplies
  • Porter
  • Accommodations (tent on night 1, hotel on night 2)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Hiking Equipment - (Available for Rent):
  • Sleeping Bag: $20
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $10
  • Trekking Poles (2): $15
  • Huayna Picchu: $75
  • Vista Dome Train: $70


ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included.

FOOD: All food is provided. In fact, we'll be hiking with a professional chef! Our chef and his staff will cook you some of the best meals you've ever eaten, and they'll do it in the middle of the Andes. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

WATER: Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trek. The water will first be boiled, then filtered and then cooled. You will need to bring a container for the water (Camelback, Nalgene, etc.), we recommend carrying at least 2L of water. Your water containers will be refilled at each meal.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology at an University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Inca Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.

PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your hiking permits and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train tickets.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Note: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.

TENT: Your tents are provided, they are comfortable, roomy and cozy. Sleep well chicos!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

HIKING EQUIPMENT: To complete the Inca Trail, you will need a sleeping bag, some type of air mattress (Therm-a-Rest), and walking poles (with rubber tips). If you do not wish to purchase or travel with these items, we have high quality equipment you can rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $20
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $10
  • Trekking Poles (2): $15

HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person

NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $70/ticket.

HUCHUY QOSQO TO MACHU PICCHU 3-DAY ITINERARY:

DAY 1: THE START OF OUR JOURNEY, SOME HIKING AND SUPERB VIEWS

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 6AM. 30 minute drive drive to Trail Head. 6-7 hours of hiking through beautiful scenary to our first campsite.

DAY 2: NICE AND EASY DAY OF HIKING WITH SENSATIONAL VIEWS

A nice day of hiking, we'll spend our first couple of hours on the Inca Trail! We'll explore the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo today!

Day 3: Machu Picchu!

Early wake up and quick hike to the Sun Gate. Full day tour of the world famous Machu Picchu. Train ride back to Cusco, arrival between 7-8pm.


DETAILS FOR EACH DAY

DAY 1: THE START OF OUR JOURNEY, SOME HIKING AND SUPERB VIEWS

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 13,615ft. (4,150m)
  • Min Altitude: 11,811ft. (3,600m)
  • Distance Hiked: ~7.5 miles (12 km)
  • Ascent: 1,804ft. (550m)
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Note: Our trekking times are approximate, and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.

Morning

Our adventure starts early, we'll pick you up from your hotel at 6AM in Kusa Treks private transportation (nothing but the best for you!). Our drive is only 20 minutes outside of Cusco, we'll stop at an ancient Incan archeological site called Puka Pukara. After touring these ruins we'll jump on the trail and start hiking up a gentle climb for 1-2 hours, until we reach the first pass, which has incredible views of two valleys below us! Your guide will explain the history of how the Incas arrived to this area and how they were able to settle in this mountainous environment.

After enjoying the views and taking pictures we'll start back on our trek, we'll have another 45 minutes uphill to the top of the valley. This portion of the hike is unbelievably gorgeous! There are rolling farmlands, mountainous passes, abundant wildlife and thousands of flowers.

After reaching the top of the valley, we'll stop at our lunch spot, which has incredible views of the valley below us. This will be your first experience eating the delectable food prepared by our Professional Chef and his crew, who will travel with us during our trek.

Afternoon

Following lunch we'll have another 2-3 hours of hiking through more stunning scenery, including a loop around Quriqucha Lake (Golden Lake). As we hike you'll guides will point out distinctive features of the landscape. Our campsite is located within a local mountain community; whose inhabitants our always cheerful and glad to welcome us to their village.

Once we're settled in we'll visit with the families, and learn about their way of life and how they flourish in this environment. Many of our guests choose to bring school supplies, toys and sports equipment to share with the children and people of the village.

EVENING

After spending time with these wonderful people, we'll relax and you'll learn more historical facts from your guide, while enjoying another fabulous dinner prepared by our chef. Later on in the evening, you can learn about the Incan constellations stretching out in the incredible display of stars in the heavens above.


DAY 2: NICE AND EASY DAY OF HIKING WITH SENSATIONAL VIEWS

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 13,123ft. (4,000m)
  • Min Altitude: 9,514ft. (2,900m)
  • Distance Traveled: ~7.45 miles (12 km)
  • Ascent: 3,609ft. (1,100m)
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Morning

Our day will start early, with an invigorating cup of hot coca tea and a delicious warm breakfast. We'll begin by walking 2 hours when we'll actually reach a stretch of the hike that is on the Inca Trail. We'll hike on the Inca Trail for a couple of miles, while passing several Llama shepherds and their herds.

The climate and scenary on the Inca Trail will turn from mountainous to rain and cloud forests with beautiful vegetation and hundreds of humming birds. We'll take plenty of stops, because the scenery is seriously some of the most beautiful on earth and you're going to want to take pictures!

AFTERNOON

We will then reach the ancient Inca ruins at Huchuy Qosqo. You'll enjoy a guided tour of these incredible ruins, which are over 100 years older than Machu Picchu. After the official tour, you'll have time to explore the ruins on your own. After exploring Huchuy Qosqo, we'll enjoy another tasty lunch and be on our way.

We'll hike down hill for about 2 hours to the Urubamba River where a bus will be waiting to take us to Ollantaytambo, where we'll eat dinner at a fabulous restauarnt that serves elevated Peruvian cuisine.

Evening

After dinner we'll have a train ride to Aguas Calientes, the town right below Machu Picchu. We'll get to our hotel and enjoy a hot shower and rest for our life-changing visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.


DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 8,856ft (2,700m)
  • Minimum Altitude: 7,872ft ( Machupicchu ) (2,400m)
  • Distance Traveled: Exploration of Machu Picchu
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours

Morning

It is entirely up to the group when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes, drive 20 minutes to Machu Picchu, and arrive right when the gates open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.

All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu well over 100 times and will lead you to the best places to view the ruins before the "crowds" arrive that day. Once the city begins to fill with more tourists we will start our walking, guided tour, which will start with impressive Temple of the Sun. We will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

After the guided tour you will have plenty of time to explore the City of the Clouds on your own; those who have secured permits to climb Huayna Picchu will do that hike at this time. If you chose not to hike Huayna Picchu you can join your guide on an hour long walk on the Inca Trail up to the Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu.

Afternoon

The bus back to Aguas Calientes will depart between 2:30-3:00PM, we will enjoy a lunch together before you head to the train station to go back to Cusco. We usually book the 4:20PM train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private van will be waiting for you to take you the remaining 2-3 hours back to Cusco.

NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Vista Dome train back to Cusco, please let us know at your time of booking.


Recent Reviews from TripAdvisor

Reviewed October 21, 2017

LARES & INCA TRAIL

Just got back a couple weeks ago from the 4 day LARES/INCA trail trek and had an absolutely amazing time! It ended up being a private tour with two other friends and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Michael, our contact back in the states, made planning effortless. He was always available for questions and made sure everything was ready to go once we arrived in Peru. Our guide, Eric, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and could tell he was passionate and truly cared about everything he taught us. He was also great about maintaining a sustainable trekking pace since none of us were used to the altitude. Truly blown away by the food from our chef during the hike and all the hard work our porter did for us! Camp was always set up and ready to go once we arrived. Food was delicious! Overall would definitely recommend to anyone coming to Peru to use Kusa Treks! Only wish we had done our other tours through them as well!


Reviewed October 21, 2017

Huchuy Qosqo trek

3D/2N trek to Machu Picchu was amazing with the KUSA TREKS. Very professional and friendly approach.


Reviewed October 21, 2017

FIRST CLASS SERVICE 👌👍

My friend and I booked a 2 day tour of the Sacred Valley, Macchupicchu and Waynapicchu with Kusa Treks. We are so happy with our experience . The service and proffesionalism was great. We definitely recommend anyone to this company. Eric was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about every place we visited. The entire trip was so well coordinated with all our tickets and itineraries provided. Eric and his company did an outstanding job.